Tony S. Tao

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This study examines high data rate telecommunications architectures in support of the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI) mission. The capabilities of in-service ground stations and radio systems were evaluated in a trade study. An Averaging Data Model was created to narrow down prospective architectures. An Improved-Precision Data Model was created to(More)
Global ecosystem observations are important for Earth-system studies. The National Research Council's report entitled Earth Science and Applications from Space is currently guiding NASA's Earth science missions. It calls for a global land and coastal area mapping mission. The mission, scheduled to launch in the 2013-2016 timeframe, includes a hyperspectral(More)
A micro-UAV system was developed to be deployed from a host aircraft at normal jet cruise conditions (between 25,000 and 35,000 feet altitude and Mach 0.8) using the standard MJU10/B countermeasure flare form factor. The system (measuring 49mm × 62mm × 180mm) fits in the flare canister in place of the chaff. The 220-gram battery-powered, pusher-propelled(More)
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